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Safety on Nigerian roads

13 September 2013, 12:29 Simon Okeme

This suggestion is coming at a time most appropriate for us to correct the odds that might stand against us and which can endanger the lives of the entire citizenry in future. As a concerned citizen of the state who is deeply concern with the safety of lives and public properties; most especially when it has to do with the lives of students who are the future hope of the state and the country in general; and also, for the poor masses who may be involved in the incidence that might occur. It thinks corrective measure should be put in place to forestall future disaster that might occur on that road.

My opinion is on the Okene-Abuja express road which passes through the school frontage. I was in the state recently to see my brother, a staff of the polytechnic, who lives in the staff quarters at Felele. I happened to pay a visit to the institution which is adjacent to the staff quarters.

I stood at the school gate there trying to have some little fun; I was so much overwhelmed by the architectural designs of one of the mountains directly opposite the school. There, I saw accident involving an Okada man with two passengers on the bike and a rushing taxi man. The taxi man hit the Okada man from behind, while the Okada man was trying to negotiate his way to the expressway without looking back. The bike man and one of his passengers were seriously wounded. 

The way and manner the motorists speed on this road is not too good for the safety of students, most especially when the school is in session; you see students crossing the road either to board a taxi or cross to enter the school gate. Okada riders and the Taxi drivers are not helping matters; they pack indiscriminately to pick passengers which are all students and staff of the Polytechnic. On my inspection on that road that day, I discovered that there are no road sign or safety precautions to give oncoming vehicles signal that student are crossing, for them to slow down. This is dangerous!

For instance, while plying Lagos – Akure express road, there are two higher institutions on the way; they are Federal University of Technology, Akure and Rufus Giwa Polytechnic, Owo. The two institutions are conspicuously seen along the express road. One safety precautionary measure they put in place was the building of bumps across the road to reduce over speeding of motorists on the road. And there are safety signs put in place for the motorists, cautioning them to reduce their speed for bumps ahead. With this, students can cross the road with ease without the fear of being knocked down by any rushing vehicles.

I suggest the same could be apply here to avoid any future accidental occurrence on the expressway. I want to us this medium to draw the attention of the Kogi state government and the school management, spear headed by Mr. Matthew Ajiberu as well as Federal road Safety corps (FRSC) to do something urgent about this road before anything serious happen to any student of the institution. We should not wait until there’s an accident before we take action; let’s do it now. A stitch in time, they said, safe nine. Let’s build a safe environment for our children’s future. Bumps should be build across the two sides of the express road to avoid over speeding of motorist.

Safety signs should be put in place to alert the motorists of the danger ahead. Zebra Crossing should be put in place for motorist to slow down when students are about crossing the express road. I think with this safety precautions in place, more lives shall be safe and unnecessary accident will be prevented on our high ways, especially those high ways that passes through our major cities. 

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